Emilia Clarke has admitted she had no shame when trotting out Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most overquoted line, “I’ll be back”, on the set of the new Terminator film.
The Game Of Thrones actress stars as Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys and said that getting to star alongside Arnie was a dream come true for her.
She said of Arnie: “He’s got really good banter. He had such a calming, gorgeous presence on set that put everyone at ease. And he’s such an iconic figure – there were a lot of ‘pinch me’ moments, when you’re like, ‘I can’t believe I’m actually doing this’.”
Talking about his famous “I’ll be back” line, Emilia said that she repeated it “all the time” on set.
She added: “To his face, not to his face, all of it!
“My brother forced me to watch Terminator quite young, so I was a bit traumatised by the apparent ketchup in most of the scenes. I revisited it as I was getting older, and then in preparation for playing Daenerys (in Game Of Thrones), I watched Sarah Connor back, in order to kind of embody some other strong women on screen. So it was funny when this audition came around. I was like, ‘Yes, definitely!’”
Emilia also said that being part of an action film had been a shock to the system: “I naively went into this not quite realising the full extent of how much stunt work you really do on an action movie. You take it for granted when it’s seamlessly put together in a gorgeous movie, but when you’re there, you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s the gun, OK that’s the hill, brilliant…’
“It was a lot of hard work, but really good for getting into the character of Sarah Connor. To physically put yourself there was very helpful.”
Terminator Genisys is in cinemas now